Topic/Thesis: This post will examine and research the issue of deforestation; a process in which Earth’s forests are destroyed, causing massive damage to the environment. Post will discuss forest conservation as a method to battle this problem. Forest conservation is defined as the practice of planning and and maintaining forested areas for the benefit and sustainability of future generations. Forest conservation is an important practice because through the process, we save and maintain Earth’s environment instead of compromising it for material production and capitalistic measures.
Audience: People interested in conserving the health and safety of the Earth’s environment through forest conservation. People who believe deforestation is constructive for the environment would benefit from reading this post, for it will contradict and argue their points and discover how destructive it is.
- Source 1: National Geographic, “Deforestation” March 23, 2016. Relevant claims: defines deforestation, states clear and contextual reasons for the process such as logging, money, and agriculture. Most dramatic impact is loss of habitat for millions of species. Credibility: nationally recognized organization that provides educational and factual information on global issues.
- Source 2: Conservation International, “Forests” March 23, 2016. Relevant claims: describes forests as the “lungs of the Earth”, to describe the massive amount of clean oxygen we receive from them. Explains how forests sustain our climate by balancing CO2. Credibility: thorough, extensive, and excellent presentation of facts about our forests, why we need them, and what they do.
- Source 3: Live Science, “Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects” March 23, 2016. Relevant claims: “An estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of forest, which is roughly the size of the country of Panama, are lost each year, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).” Credibility: a scientific and educational platform providing information on a large range of scientific topics. Provides a thorough amount of statistical data to help support argument that deforestation is highly damaging.
Ideas fit together: Source 1 acts as the primary source for the post, providing definitions and the foundation of the argument through factual information on what deforestation is, and why it is destructive to the environment. Source 2 supports the argument even further with more in depth information and facts about the scientific processes of forests and also provides the audience with an interactive platform to learn more. Source 3 provides factual and hard data and statistics to support the argument of the harsh effects of deforestation.